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There are two networks by which a man’s intelligence is
connected to the universe: That of confusion, and that of
clarity.

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Reflections On: History, Genealogy, And Other Stuff Like That
After some initial difficulties, one man was able to trace
his family tree as far back as Minnesota, 1946, and it turned out
that his ancestral tribe’s motto was: “Screw the past, and
just barely tolerate the present.” …(His eldest son later had
a tee shirt printed up that read: “If the future ain’t now — it
ain’t nowhere.”)

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From a certain diagnostic view — the dissatisfaction men
feel at the human level is from a lack of greater understanding,
and this lack in great part is due to excessive talk and thought.
— (This is from a certain non-standard “diagnostic view.”)

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Every time this one guy would just about get his life “just
about like he wanted it” — he’d die! What a lucky guy.

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You may be certain that you are fully in the invented,
civilized world of man, when entertainment must be labeled as:
“Entertainment.”

…..”Hey, dad — is this another reason that hormones don’t
have to advertise!?”

…..Uncle Frank, the fruit farmer, reminds us of this all-too
true, truism: “From the mouths of babes comes spittle, and
ofttimes — additional infantalia! For that alleged ‘wisdom —
unique to children’ can’t be all that great or else they wouldn’t
eventually turn into adults.”

…..Simply “growing up” around these parts won’t actually do
you much good! — It’ll kill you! — But that’s about it! — And
that my friends is: “Entertainment”!

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When he heard the human mind described as a “wild beast” one
man thought: “That’s not so! — It’s too easily captured.”

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Let’s Clear Up The Question Of “Origins” Once And For All & All
(It goes like this): Before creation — there was nothing —
and nobody cared; after man came along, he wanted to know who did
the creatin’, so he speculated, naming it this-&-that — …but
it was still mainly nothin’.

…..Instead of writing, right-off to me to complain,
theologians, anthropologists, astrophysicists, and literary
archivists can send their whines and corrections directly to:
The Colorado White Water Rafting Association; Attention: North
American Director.

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Local reality told one guy: “Hey! — don’t try and suck up
to me.” And the guy replied: “Fuck you!” And reality said:
“Hey, let me buy you a drink.”

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One of the as yet, unrecognized purposes of education is to
take a person interested in a particular subject, and bring him
along to the point where he forgets that he doesn’t know anything
about it.

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Incident Heard Described From The Window Of A Passing 4-D Train
One man said: “I am on a hunger strike.” And his stupidity
cried out: “Feed me! — Feed me!”

…..From Another Reality: Their Definition Of Heaven
Heaven: A place with no random dumb testing.

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A man’s personality is a magnetic pole.

…..Question: What is the difference between a fact and a
simile? — Uncertainty — specifically, the inability to believe
that a certain something regarding man could actually be true.

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The purpose of the mind is to create a universe in the head.

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A father huddled with his son on this one: “Don’t waste
your time worrying over the so-called ‘powers of evil’! — cause
if you try and do something extraordinary with your mind you’ll
discover that your real nemesis is the power of gravity, along
with the laws of elasticity.”

…..From Our: “Unanchored, Anthropologist’s Note Pad”:

When any civilization advances to the place whereat the
people want to start “having fun” — the fact that the first
thing they do is invent the beach ball — is no accident!

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There is only one valid criticism of man and that is that he
is dumber than he has to be.

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One Guy’s Operational Rule Of Civilized, Useful Etiquette
Never shoot a man ’til he’s dead.

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One man was a mystic — that is, until he learned there was
such a word.

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The source of all thought is thought — which is limiting;
the destination of all thought is, increased consciousness —
which is liberating.

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There is only one thing for certain — and those who speak
of certainty don’t know what it is.

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The source of all pseudo-certainty is thought — which is
limiting; a certain consciousness beyond thought — that is in
fact, certain — is silent — and certainly not confining.

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A lover told a lover, after an absence: “I had no idea I
would miss you so.” And the lover replied: “Nor did I — and
would it not be dear if we but so passionately felt the same
about our greater possibility of individual consciousness!?”

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If men did not believe they are so unlike wolves and cows,
they would not be as little unlike wolves and cows as they are
now.

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There are two ways to look at metaphors — like: “Ah-Hah!”
And like: “Humm-m-m.” And in either instance, they both reveal
and conceal.

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All mysticism ends up as “business as usual” back in the
marketplace.

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A man suggests: “I do believe that I have a pretty good
idea of what it is in the human hunger and experience that you
talk about in general, but I do not care for your periodic use of
the word ‘mystical’ in its several forms.” Ah, sir, I understand
what you intend to mean, but consider this: Those who really
know, furthermore, do not ‘not’ like it either.

…..When silence speaks, what’re you gonna call it when you
reply!?

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Progress Report
Those who come to the conclusion that man’s ordinary
perceptions of reality are upside down — are half way home.

…..Uuuh — wait! — let’s play a game again: What do you call
progress that doesn’t go anywhere? — Civilization! ** Okay then
— try this one: What’s the difference between the civilization
of the collective and the personal one of a more conscious,
individualistic man? — The difference is that one of them
doesn’t actually go anywhere in the span of one mental life time.

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If you think the universe is small now — just wait’ll you
get a full survey of your own head.

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The name of this brief item is: “There Is Only One Kind.”
If you’re a “real” artist — you’re a “flim-flam” artist.

…..Ant performer not smarter than his audience is his own
dumb-ass audience!

…..Considering the theatre of his own mind, a man thought:
“The nice thing about this venue is that I don’t have to pay to
get in.”

…..Nice is as
Nice does, and
This kinda nice just
Wishes it was.

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Anyone who gets upset by the basic antics of others has let
something terrible happen to them — they’ve become — old! Yuk!
They might as well be dead. Yuk! Cause that’s just where such
an attitude toward hormones will take you. “Yuk!” for you! —
not for them — cause they’re still alive

…..The Psychology Of Geriatrics Fully Explained In Seven Words
Or Less:
Before they go dotty,
People get snooty.

…..An older kid (still living with his dad) notes: “I guess
this is another example of why all forms of criticism are
potentially injurious (if not at least ‘downright embarrassing’)
to criticiz-ers — while criticize-ees, walk away free.”

…..Living at home does have its advantages — not the least of
which is that there is always someone around who’s dumber than
you are!…Proof?! — The proof being that they let you keep
staying there!

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The king told the royal priest: “Not only have you become
unproductive — but worse! — you’ve become boring!” And the
priest replied: “I’m not the royal priest! — You’re talking to
yourself again.”

…..A chap who used to clean the moat, to himself softly thoat:
“Having a busy mind of your own is more fun than a one legged
woodpecker at Long John Silver’s.”

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Okay, here’s the way it is: Life is everything man’s not:
Independent, creative, and conscious.

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One man — sprayed for roaches, trapped for rats, yet let
his mind have free run of the house. — !!

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In the midst of it all, one human stopped and thought: “How
did man come to the place of spending so much time in asking how
he came to such a place!?”

…..The above scene can be used as an “operational-definition”
of just about everything man has contrived and concocted in his
post-survival world of mental civilization.

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Already, on this other world they changed the name of
religion to philosophy, then changed philosophy to psychology,
then psychology to science, and still it didn’t work.
…..Names, categories and definitions only mean a lot when the
people have adopted an operations manual whose introduction says
that they do.

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A conscious thinker’s joy is in his own thinking — then in
his own consciousness.

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Another: “Off Campus Definition”:
Scholar: A man who gave up.

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This observation from a viewer: “There came a particular
day when I looked around me and thought: ‘My life is coming
apart right before my very eyes!’ And then later thought that
this was fair enough since it originally came together in secret.”

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Then there was this other guy who once noted: “If having a
mind won’t — ‘drive you crazy’ — at least it’ll make you wish
you were!”

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A Dialogue Via Verse
“Food can make you happy,
Food can make you sad.”
“Are you talkin’ ’bout our stomachs?
Or talkin’ ’bout our heads!?”

…..Sometimes it’s hard to know what to eat, when you’re not
sure where you’re goin’. ** Is this why, in the early stages,
would-be mystics so often want to withdraw from the crowd and the
collective banquet!? ** There is a way in which you can see an
increase in consciousness as a kind of cloistering from one’s
routine thinking.

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An Important News Brief From The Worlds Of: The Arts, Sports,
Academia, And Everywhere Else.
Only the un-cool need act cool.

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Reassuring Medical News
If you live by the tracks, and don’t have a headache, you
don’t have a head.
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One man said to himself: “The laws of nature make me sick!”
Then further wondered: “How much worse off would I be without
them!?”

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The basic material available by which a man can undertake a
study of life is his own personal life — but, if he takes this
personally — he’ll never learn a damn thing.

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Civilization — What Ho! … Civilization — Ah So!
One man now states: “I care for civilization in the same
way it makes me appear to care for my family, and in the same way
that a mother snake actually cares for her’s.”

…..A man convinced against his will, certainly meets the
minimum definition of a man. …(Well, at least a “civilized”
man.)

…..There are those who will purposely appear to be ugly so to
help camouflage their stupidity.

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As he refined his struggle to do what he wanted to do
internally, one man ultimately said to parts of himself: “All of
you who believe that something terrible has happened to you in
the past — get the hell out!”

…..The Ego, Fully Explained — (And Briefly, At That):
When you’re dead you don’t care how they spell your name.

…..Free Social Tip
The dumb enjoy hearing death, illness & bad luck talked
about.

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Men continually try to re-invent mysticism, for they
unknowingly hope that by giving it a new name it’ll get easier.

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The True Nature Of Non-Physical, Post-Survival Conflict
Everyone on the mental bus wants to get off! — And since no
one knows how — they spend a lot of time picking on one another.

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One man, whose foot got cut off, said to his mind: “See! —
That could happen to you too.” And his mind just scoffed: “Fat
chance!”

…..Query: Without a mind, can you have a foot cut off?

…..As they turned down the lights, and turned up the Muzak in
the O.R., the surgeon in charge of surgery asked: “Am I the one
in charge of surgery?”

…..Query: How can you spot a dumb question when you hear one?

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If “loving” some other particular person doesn’t make you
feel better — here’s a fact for ya! — You don’t really love
them.

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In the city, everyone has a philosophy they hope will work.
No one has a philosophy that’ll work.

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To encourage them, one father told his children that every
time they told their life story, or explained what kinda guy they
were, a little angel died, and another five minutes was taken off
the life of the universe.

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And now we have two types of news to give you: The fairly
acceptable, & the just barely acceptable. First, the fairly
acceptable: Bad habits won’t make you any less conscious. —
And “the just barely acceptable” I bet you can guess.

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How To “Get The Best” Of Civilization & Other Aspects Of
Man’s Collective Effort:
If you’re real clever, and constantly stay on your toes, and
on guard, you can — periodically, and with some regularity —
save three, four, even five dollars, in the course of things.

…..One local sophisticate mused: “Old Socrates almost had it
correctly, but not quite: What he should have said was that: ‘A
life lived at retail — is not worth living.’ I feel better
now,” he added, “I believe I’ll go home and go on to bed.”

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Although the stomach and the mind dance to different tempos,
the mind will still do whatever step the stomach dictates.

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How Certain Aspects Of Physics, Unexpectedly, Continue To
Rule Much Of The World
A short man understands history better if he lies down.

…..Additional Note To The Alert:
Just because something seems to “rule the world” around
these parts, doesn’t mean that it actually rules the world.

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One autumn day the king reflected: “Perhaps the greatest
blasphemy ever committed has been in the priest telling men that
god made them free-willed, individual sovereignties, and on that
basis holds them accountable for the lives they’ve led” Perhaps
spring will come early this year.

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One guy was gonna title his latest book “The Trashing Of
Life” but then remembered he’d already used that name on his
birth certificate.

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Some neurons whined: “It’s not fair! — Hormones frighten
us, but we don’t have anyone we can frighten.”

…..Speculation # KL-4709: Perhaps a change in this situation
will be the next level of man’s evolution. — (?!?)

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One guy was a ventriloquist, he didn’t have a dummy, he had
himself.

…..Sometimes he’d unzip his trousers, and have his mind bend
over in his lap, and he’d tell it: “Speak right into this.”

…..A man who cannot pleasantly, laugh in private will never
get the round trip end of his bus ticket canceled.

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Another Vantage Point — Another Definition
Civilization: A meteor that mistakenly struck our planet —
oh, I’m sorry, I have that wrong: It was a meteor that
mistakenly hit humanity in the head.

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Okay — A Pseudo-Explanation Of Mysticism From Another View:
One man kept his garbage on the table, and his food under
the sink…but he didn’t keep regular food.

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Since the advent of global electronic networks, and
satellite communications, one man says he is now linked directly
to his brain.

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Oh, all right — another fun-run at it in passing (as long
as we’re in the neighborhood): A Mystic: One who doesn’t do
“re-writes.”

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And a fellow figures: “I guess if there is such a thing as
a real mystic, he’d have to be someone who was neither a mystic,
nor a non-mystic, and who didn’t care which he was, or which one
anyone believed he was.” The fellow scratches his chin, the
fellow looks off in the distance, then he says of his
description: “I guess it’ll work for me.” And appears to have
dropped the subject.

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A more conscious man has no culture — well, he does but it
is of a home-grown variety, and is thus not visible to others.

…..The combination, funny applicant & suspect replied:
“Background!? — Background!? — There’s no need to check my
‘background’! Cause I ain’t got one! …And even if I did, I’d
swallow it before you’d ever get hold of it.”

…..And on one man’s private, personal, internal elevator, in
the background played, foreground music.

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Modern Hell: A place where all is quiet — no news, no talk
shows, no advertising. …(Well, some would think it “new”!)

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When it comes to the seriousness of his relationships, one
man says: “I’m as sincere with anybody as I am with anyone
else.”

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On a world similar to ours — in another universe — the
thinking, naming creatures thereon, came up with new terms for
the two basic forces that seemed to run everything: Instead of
such notions as: Good & Evil, or, Truth & Error, or Progressive
& Regressive, they labeled them: The Forces Of Hunger, and Of
Satisfaction.

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One man told his mind: “Look — I’m going off for awhile,
and I may not ever be back.” And his mind replied: “Fat
chance!”

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Another Way That It’s Really Different
This kinda stuff is not a substitute for anything.

…..Clever men can win design awards, but only life can make
life.

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Grammatical Rhyme Of The Modern Thinker
Examples that use, proper nouns, aren’t proper examples.

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Being “taxed” is not being “challenged” — the former is
what ordinary men believe life forcibly extracts from them, while
the latter is what more alert men daily seek to be.

…..Being “brained” is not the same as being “conscious.”

…..A viewer asks: “Is being a ‘viewer’ the same as being
stupid?” — If you don’t do anything about it — yes.

…..A viewer writes: “The reason I haven’t written to you is
because the correcting function of my typewriter has been
broken.”

…..Being “written to” can be both challenging, and taxing.

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The parent told the child: “Don’t put fingers in your
mouth! Don’t put crayons up your nose! Don’t put food in the
floor!” And the kid responded: “Well don’t put your thoughts in
my head.”

…..The reason that actual, physical “parenthood” seems so
historically irrelevant with the mystics and transcendental
adventurers is that they eventually have to give intellectual
birth to themselves anyway.

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The Inherent Wild Cry Of Mentally Civilized Man
“Hey — go wake up that conscious calmness and tell him
we’ve finally figured out a name for him — now he can be as
restless and disturbed as the rest of us. …Like he should be.”

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One guy considered his personal theme song to be the tune:
“You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.” And his mind says that for
the life of it, it can’t figure out who it’s aimed at!

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Extraordinary Consumer Tip From Some Other Reality
A man who knows and has a “great deal” is not going to cut
you in on the deal unless it’s a real, mystical deal. …(Then
he don’t care.)

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One man said: “Don’t talk to me about modern ‘hard times’!
— I live off chemicals!”

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A conscious man’s business is only his business — and any
he has that is not his alone, is not his business.

…..The civilized mind of the collective might not care for
this, but what the hell! — they’ll never know.

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One man realized: “I can go days without sleep, weeks
without water, months without food, but not even for seconds can
I bear to go without this thing held firmly in my mind.”

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Forget throwing away your belongings — the real problem
lies in the desire to possess certain thoughts.

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Two different worlds we live in, or, two different live in
us.

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One thing about taking a vacation from your mind is that if
you do ever return — it’ll be just like you left it.

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Local reality told one guy: “You make people laugh too
much.” And the guy said: “So you’re calling me a comedian!?”
And reality replied: “No, that would be alright — you just make
people laugh too much.”

…..(I believe this was the same guy who’d been wanting to ask
what the difference is between “local reality” and “local
conditions” but he apparently didn’t think this was the right
time to bring it up.)

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Looking back over the earlier part of his life, one man
thought: “You know — I believe I had a lot more fun before I
became so much like myself.” ** The initial responsibility of
the basic mind is to see that this happens. ** One of its
elective uses is to get you out of it.

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Update: Our Time — Our Place:
Some men would rather be dead than civilized; some would
rather kill others than be bored.

…..Note
Intellectually — it is always your time — always your
place.

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For many years, one man kept a diary of all the thoughts
he’d had; then he began the task of separating them into lists of
those that complimented one another, and those that conflicted
with one another. Shortly after this project was commenced, the
book blew up on him.

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The world of the mind,
Can make you blind, but,
Also make you see.

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One man thought: “Sometimes I can’t believe how stupid and
forgetful I am!” And then he’d remind himself that he was still
human — dammit!

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Post-survival desires aren’t really desires at all, but are
forms of mental restlessness and uncertainty.

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The civilized world is built on words, and can be smothered
by them. …And upon hearing of this, one man yelled to his son:
“Quick! — bring all the verbal blankets you can find!”

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Men’s personality: The illusion of individuality.
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There’s this kind of “trick” thing that more conscious
people do with their consciousness.

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One father sat down with his son on this one: “The
troubling side of being mystically inclined at an early age is
that you want to take seriously those things, such as — truth,
religion, reality, and growth — which adults now consider at
best, frivolous pastimes and distractions. And ‘god-help-you’
should you not get over it when you get older!” They stood, and
the father gently slapped the boy on the back as he walked away,
personally hoping (as some of you might suspect) that he
wouldn’t.

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Out on a hillside, alone, a certain man smilingly thought to
himself: “Once you know the secret, it can almost drive you
crazy not being able to step back into the actual experience of
it any time you want.” He smiled some more — what else you
gonna do!? …Except maybe, slap yourself fraternally on the
back, hoping too that you’ll never give in.

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If you ain’t one-of-a-kind
You ain’t none-of-a-kind.

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